October 02, 2023
We get a lot of questions about the best way to sculpt the perfect peach. But strengthening your upper body is equally as important as growing glutes or seeing visible abs! Balancing your other goals with proper upper-body strengthening is crucial if you want to improve your fitness and develop an attractive body shape. Here are four reasons why your upper body deserves some love and attention!
Helps to Improve Posture
Do you find yourself slouching when sitting in front of your computer? Or walking with rounded shoulders? Or is your neck protruding forward as you scroll on your phone? These are all signs of poor posture. Bad posture can put a strain on your spine and lead to a whole range of health issues such as back pain, joint degeneration, poor sleep, digestive issues and even breathing difficulties! Your back, shoulder, chest and core muscles all play a role in helping you maintain good posture. When these muscles are either too tight or weak, it can lead to poor posture. Incorporating some upper body strength exercises into your workout routine can help you straighten up and improve your posture
Want to see improvements in the gym? Then don’t neglect your upper body! Every type of workout you engage in will become much easier as you build upper body strength. In addition, a stronger upper can also help if you exercise outside the gym. For example, swimming, tennis, volleyball, yoga and pilates all require strong upper body muscles.
Makes Living Easier
We use our upper body for so many activities in our daily life. Carrying groceries, throwing out the trash, vacuuming, picking things up, reaching, pushing strollers, typing on our computers etc. Being strong enough to do these things on your own, without any pain or discomfort, gives you a sense of independence and freedom to tackle bigger challenges. If you want to live a healthy and productive life, you need a strong upper body!
Better Body Composition
You probably already know that strength training improves body composition by burning fat and building lean muscle. Many of us (ladies, we see you!) are on the quest of building a perfect posterior for aesthetic reasons. But a toned and muscular upper body can be equally as attractive! In addition, sculpting your upper body can even enhance other body parts. For example, wider shoulders and lats can create an illusion of a smaller waist. So start working on your upper body strength and you will be rocking that sleeves dress in no time!
Now that you know the importance of training your upper body, it’s time to grow those wings! Here’s free, follow-along session hat covers the fundamentals of building all the strength you need: 22 Minute Dumb It Down Upper Body
Want more? Our Sweat Nation workout library boasts a whole range of upper, lower and full-body strength workouts that will get you strong in no time!
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